Arsenal’s 2-0 success over Liverpool did more than just provide them with their first victory over high-class opposition in six games, it illustrated the Gunners are tightening up at the back after a slack start to the campaign.
The 9/2 about Arsene Wenger’s side in bwin’s Premier League outright betting can be expected to continue to shrink with the assured defensive performance that repelled the Scousers suggesting there could be another level of improvement to come from Arsene Wenger’s men.
Prior to their most recent outing Arsenal had kept one domestic clean sheet in 12 games.
After conceding just twice in the final six games of last term, loyal Gooners could have been forgiven for pipe-dreaming of a 2013/14 title tilt founded upon the solid rock of the Koscielny/Mertesacker axis.
However, surprisingly they’ve compiled their league-leading commencement to the campaign despite failing to emulate the defensive surety of springtime.
The Gunners blunted a Liverpool strikeforce that had struck 14 times in the league this term.
Few betting shop sages will have had the sides’ clash down as a home win to nil given the way Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez had marauded through the Hawthorns in the Anfield club’s previous outing.
Yet they were subdued by an Arsenal defence which pleased Wenger with its resolve, allowing a mere two shots on target throughout the festivities in which the home support was in unusually boisterous mood.
Liverpool struck twice on the way to a 2-2 draw when they last visited the Emirates in 2012/13.
Much had been made of the fact that Arsenal had yet to best a side that they had not beaten in the corresponding fixture last term, but the Gunners laid that to rest with their defeat of Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Considering six of the seven least advanced players in Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 formation who played in that January 2013 clash occupied the same roles against an improved Liverpool outfit this term it’s clear that their defensive cohesive is growing ominously.